Bamboo forest, natural light

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A lot of companies are taking advantage of people’s feel-good notion of the word “green”, coupled with their total ignorance of industrial production, and are cashing in on this “earth-friendly” craze, pushing out products that are anything but “friendly”—to the earth or the workers who mass-produced them.

One of the biggest offenders is bamboo textiles. It may sound thoughtful to say your socks and t-shirts are made of 65% bamboo viscose/rayon, but why, exactly is that green?

I was going to go on a long rant about this, but I found that plenty of others have already explained why bamboo fabric isn’t really environmentally-friendly. So rather than recreate the wheel, here are a few good articles:

As with anything that’s supposed to be good (for you or the earth), too much of a good thing is bad. Ultimately, reducing your consumption, reusing what already exists, and recycling (or upcycling) is what’s eco-friendly—not running out to buy the latest “green” products.

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